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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' He slew a knight of Lancashire,
And a squier bold ; For to save him in his right
My goods are set and sold.
' My lands are set to wed, Robin,
Until a certain day, To a rich Abbot here beside
Of St. Mary's Abbey.'
' What is the sum ?' said Robin Hood ;
' The truthe tell thou me ; ' i Sir,' he said, ' four hundred pound ;
The Abbot told it me.'
' An thou lose thy land,' said Robin Hood,
' What shall fall of thee ? ' i Hastily I will me busk
Over the sake sea,
LVI I ' And see where Christ was quick and dead,
On the mount of Calvary; Farewell, friend, and have good day ;
It may no better be.'
Tears fell out of his eyen two ;
He would have gone his way ; ' Farewell, friends, and have good day,
I have no more to pay.'
set to wed] put to pledge, mortgaged.                told] counted,
fall of] become of.          busk] make ready to go.
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